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Some people come to Bali for spiritual enlightenment, while others come to seek peace in 800-thread-count sheets, butler service and pampering by the pool. You can’t go wrong with any of the places recommended below by our Forbes Travel Guide editors. Many of the resorts offer cultural programs that can help you connect to your Zen.
1. The St. Regis Bali Resort. Made up of 123 suites, this resort is not only situated on the ocean, but also along one of Bali’s best golf courses.
2. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. Talk about seclusion, this is the place to stay if you want beach luxury without the hustle and bustle of Bali’s other beaches. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is even more secluded. Tucked in the jungle above Bali’s Ayung River, you arrive to this Four Seasons via a teak bridge. Stunning modern suites and villas overlook rice paddies and have plunge pools and outdoor living rooms.
3. Amandari. There are actually three Aman properties in Bali and lest we fill up our small list with all of them, we’re sticking to the original, the one that launched so many copies. Designed as a Balinese village, the path running through the resort to the river is said to be sacred and villagers make the trek regularly. Thatched-roof suites are every bit as luxurious as you’d expect with coconut wood and teak, sunken outdoor tubs and beautiful gardens.
4. Ayana Resort and Spa. Perched on a cliff above Jimbaran Bay, Ayana offers nearly 300 rooms and 78 freestanding villas with private pools, some of which have day beds set right into them. You’ll also find a slew of restaurants, a marvelous spa, tennis, golf and lots more.
5. The Oberoi. Secluded luxury Bali-style is the name of the game here. The pool looks out to the ocean and the villas are nestled among the Balinese jungle.